Hello! My name is Donna Knasel. I joined CHOICES, Inc. in May, 2013 as a Licensing, Training, and Recruiting Social Worker. I am super excited to be a part of the CHOICES team!
I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 and became a Licensed Social Worker in 1993. I have experience with foster care from both sides: I previously worked for 2 other private foster care agencies, and I was also a therapeutic foster parent for 5 years. I have 4 amazing children who I consider to be my biggest inspiration as well as my motivation!
The following story sums up my passion and drive as a Social Worker:
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up. She began to throw the starfish back into the ocean, one at a time. After a few minutes, a man approached her and said, “Why are you doing this? You can’t save all of these starfish! You can’t even begin to make a difference!” The girl bent down and picked up another one and hurled it into the ocean. She looked at the man and replied, “I made a difference to THAT one!”
-adapted from the “Starfish Story” by Loren